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Susky Boro Honors SCDA Committee

At the May meeting of the Susquehanna Borough Council, it was unanimously approved to provide the Susquehanna Community Development Association, Main Street Festival Committee, with a certificate of appreciation for their hard work in fostering economic growth, community activity, and local commerce with their ever-growing events on Main Street in Susquehanna.

On June 17th, 2022 a certificate of appreciation was provided in person by the Borough to the SCDA committee to signify their support and thankfulness for their dedication and volunteer efforts to ensure the success of these local events. The certificate was received with mirrored appreciation as SCDA members Kathy Matis and Melissa Dubas graciously accepted the certificate on behalf of the organization from Mayor Nancy Hurley, President Roy Williams and Vice President Debbie Zayas.

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Oakland Dam Removal Gets Final Approval

The Endless Mountains Heritage Region (EMHR), which serves Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties, will award $65,165 in Partnership Mini-Grant funding to 11 different entities representing all four counties. The initiatives vary greatly from restoration and enhancements of recreational areas and historic venues to programs and projects focused on education and the arts.

The dismantling of the Oakland Dam on the Susquehanna River between Oakland and Susquehanna Depot will be celebrated with a large public gathering in September in Ira Reynolds Riverfront Park and a traveling puppet show for local schools. An EMHR Partnership Mini-Grant will also cover the cost of new signage in the park and 300 Susquehanna River coloring books for children.

Supporters and founders of Ira Reynolds Riverfront Park in Susquehanna Depot will finally realize a milestone goal of their efforts there with the removal the Oakland Dam that has long impeded the natural flow of the Susquehanna River after its receipt of a PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) grant earlier this year. Oversight for the project will be provided by American Rivers, a national organization that strives to maintain the health of waterways across the nation. American Rivers will use an additional $6,900 EMHR grant to add a strong educational component to the project, including a dam removal puppet show for local elementary school students, the installation of interpretive signage in the park, and a large public event in September to be addressed by Cindy Dunn, secretary of the DCNR, which provides the EMHR with grant funding.

Other organizations to receive funding will include the Friends of Salt Springs State Park to expand and resurface trailhead parking areas to enhance the park experience for visitors to Susquehanna County; the Forest City Area Historical Society will use mini-grant funds for the restoration of stained-glass windows in the historic church that it calls home.

"Each and every one of these awarded projects – whether it be trail enhancements, events, signage, educational programming or one of the many other things we do here at the EMHR – will better the communities in which they take place and the Heritage Region as a whole," said Chamberlin. "While these are called 'mini-grants,' the projects they help fund truly make an astounding impact on our area, and we really look forward to seeing them progress over the next year or so as they work toward completion. We love creating these partnerships and working together to make our region a better place to live, work and visit."

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